No. 14 Bulldogs Stay Hot With Win Over No. 50 Missouri
    Lucia Sainz posted an easy victory in both singles and doubles to pace Fresno State to a 7-0 win over Missouri on Sunday.
    Lucia Sainz posted an easy victory in both singles and doubles to pace Fresno State to a 7-0 win over Missouri on Sunday.

    March 21, 2004

    FRESNO, Calif. - The 14th-ranked Fresno State women's tennis continued their winning ways this afternoon with a 7-0 victory over No. 50 Missouri at the Wathen Tennis Courts.

    The victory was the ninth in 10 matches for the Bulldogs (10-2), who are also 4-0 at home and 8-1 against nationally ranked opponents.

    The tempo of the match was established by Lucia Sainz and Katharina Winterhalter. The two combined in doubles for a clinic at No. 2, defeating Yelena Olshanskaya and Erika Josbena 8-1. Jelena Pandzic and Lucia Tallo added a workmanlike 8-5 victory at No. 1 to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead heading into doubles.

    Missouri (9-7) was put behind the eight ball even more when the team's top player, Urska Juric, couldn't answer the bell in singles due to an injury. Her absence forced the Tigers to default the No. 6 position and have the remaining players each move up one spot.

    With a 2-0 lead, Sainz, playing at No. 5, continued her remarkable improvement from a year ago by breezing to a 6-1, 6-2 win. The victory was the sophomore's 15th of the year, compared to just six all of last year.

    Not far behind Sainz was Winterhalter, who, like Sainz, cruised to a straight set win. Also a sophomore, Winterhalter took out Olshanskaya 6-2, 6-3 to clinch the Bulldog victory.

    The 18th-ranked Pandzic also had no problems in singles. She improved to 12-0 this year by defeating Hana Kraftova 6-3, 6-3. Tallo and Vlatka Jovanovic both added three-set wins to complete the Fresno State sweep.

    "It was a little warmer today than it has been lately, but I though we handled the conditions and a tough Missouri team pretty well," said interim head coach Simon Thibodeau. "We had some players go through some slow starts in their doubles and singles matches, but they bounced back and finished strong. The goal we have as a team is to start with high intensity and then continue it until the very end."

     

     

    Fresno State takes one day off before continuing its four-match homestand on Tuesday at 1 p.m. against No. 74 Kansas State.

    No. 14 Fresno State def. No. 50 Missouri, 7-0
    Doubles (Fresno State wins point)
    1) Pandzic/Tallo (FS) def. Juric/Sevcikova (MU), 8-5
    2) Sainz/Winterhalter (FS) def. Olshanskaya/Josbena (MU), 8-1
    3) Kraftova/Ruskova (MU) def. Jantz/Jovanovic (FS), 8-6
    Order of completion: 2, 1, 3

    Singles
    1) #18 Jelena Pandzic (FS) def. Hana Kraftova (MU), 6-3, 6-3
    2) Lucia Tallo (FS) def. Katka Sevcikova (MU), 5-7, 6-2, (10-2)
    3) Katharina Winterhalter (FS) def. Yelena Olshanskaya (MU), 6-2, 6-3
    4) Vlatka Jovanovic (FS) def. Erika Josbena (MU), 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
    5) Lucia Sainz (FS) def. Lucie Raskova (MU), 6-1, 6-2
    6) Courtney Jantz (FS) won by default
    Order of completion: 6, 5, 3, 1, 4, 2

    Records: Fresno State (10-2); Missouri (9-7)
    Time of Match: 3:09
    Conditions: 83 degrees, mostly sunny, no wind

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